What is Redirect? Redirect is classified as a browser hijacker, which means that this application changes your browser’s settings without your permission. However, at a closer look, we can see that this intruder is directly associated with a Chrome extension, so it is possible to say that Redirect would not enter your computer if it were not for the extension it is associated with. Thus, if you want to remove this intruder, you need to delete the extension that brings in the potential threat. While you are at it, you should also consider running a full system scan with a licensed antispyware tool because you are bound to have more potential threats on-board.

Where does Redirect come from?

Since the redirect arrives with a browser extension, we need to talk more about browser extension distribution patterns. From what we have gathered during our research, it seems that Redirect is identical to Dilyme, which is another unwanted Chrome extension. In fact, lately, we have seen an increase in potentially harmful Chrome extensions. While Google takes them off the Chrome Web Store the moment they get reported, it does not stop the developers of these applications from making more of them.

Not to mention that it is rather easy to distribute browser extensions because there is more than one way they can use to reach target systems. As mentioned, they can often be found in the Chrome Web Store. They can also have official websites where you can add these extensions to your browser directly. When a program or an extension has an official website, it makes it look more reliable. Although we do not think that users encounter these official websites often unless they get redirected there through some other page. Whichever it might be, Redirect will also make the impression that it is a legitimate program you can trust.

Finally, this redirect can come bundled with freeware. In fact, this is the most common adware, freeware, and potentially unwanted software distribution method out there. More often than not, third-party installers bundle several programs together, and when users download freeware apps from file-sharing websites, they are seldom aware of that. What’s more, it should be possible to avoid adding Redirect to your browser if you were more careful during the installation process, but the problem is that users tend to breeze through these installation wizards without bothering to read anything. Consequently, Redirect and other unwanted applications manage to get into your system.

What does Redirect do?

If the behavior of similar extensions is any indication, then we can expect a lot of annoying things from Redirect, too. First, the extension that brings in this redirect will modify your homepage and the default search engine. When the extension is added to your browser, it should notify you about the oncoming changes. However, if you fail to read the notification, these modifications will take you by surprise. And while the extension in question will try to make you think that it can improve your online experience, you need to take several important things into consideration.

While browser extensions may provide you with some additional functions, if they employ the likes of Redirect to provide you with promotional material, there are definitely certain security issues associated with that. You have to understand that Redirect will promote third-party content that will be somewhat related to your likes and preferences. The program will know what you expect to see online because it will monitor your web browsing history. Albeit it cannot find out everything about you, the information it acquires can be used for promoting unfamiliar content, and this is where the real danger comes in.

Some of the websites or links that Redirect displays could be embedded with corrupted content and this could lead to a malware infection. So it is clear that you need to remove this piece of software today. Luckily, it is possible to delete unwanted extensions via browser’s settings menu. We will leave you the guidelines for that below.

However, after that, you should make sure that you do not have other potential threats on-board. You should consider investing in a legitimate security application that will protect your system from other threats in the future.

Manual Redirect Removal

  1. Launch your Chrome browser.
  2. Press Alt+F and click More tools.
  3. Open Extensions and remove unwanted plug-ins.
  4. Restart your browser. 100% FREE spyware scan and
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